The Contender (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Jan 26, 2010 - Juvenile Fiction - 240 pages
72 Reviews
Before you can be a champion,
you have to be a contender.

Alfred Brooks is scared. He's a highschool dropout and his grocery store job is leading nowhere. His best friend is sinking further and further into drug addiction. Some street kids are after him for something he didn't even do. So Alfred begins going to Donatelli's Gym, a boxing club in Harlem that has trained champions. There he learns it's the effort, not the win, that makes the man -- that last desperate struggle to get back on your feet when you thought you were down for the count.

  

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The character development is reasonable. - Goodreads
The plot is really straight forward. - Goodreads
The author's writing style is serious and descriptive. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Mikial Shaffer - Goodreads

"The Contender" is by far one of the greatest books that I have ever read. It goes in depth of the life a normal young man by the name of Alfred Brooks, a very plain and average citizen in New York ... Read full review

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User Review  - Haley - Goodreads

Black kid, friend gets arrested for thieving. Alfred gets beat up, decides to become a fighter. Goes to the gym, give a work-out regiment. Bunch of civil rights issues, as it do in '67. Gettin hassled ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Robert Lipsyte was an award-winning sportswriter for the New York Times and the Emmy-winning host of the nightly public affairs show The Eleventh Hour. He is the author of twelve acclaimed novels for young adults and is the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring his lifetime contribution in that genre. He lives in Manhattan and on Shelter Island, New York, with his wife, Lois, and his dog, Milo.